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Wednesday, May 31, 2006
  selfish knitting!
In knit news, I have been quite busy. I have finished the first section of Clapotis and have just dropped the first stitches. I was knitting furiously last night to get to this point, and can't wait to actually finish the whole thing. After much deliberation over a suitable soft and silky yarn, I chose a blue shade of Zhivago. This stuff is SO NICE to knit with, and I can't wait to wear it. I think I should be finished by the weekend with this one. Here, for your viewing pleasure is a progress picture:

I have done no more to the sock, here is a picture to keep me honest and perhaps to motivate me into doing more:

Here is the Panta, which I think is too wide for me to wear except at home and on walking expeditions in the dark. I may make a narrower (more narrow?) version:

I apologise for the shocking quality of my photos, I was panicking because I was nearly out of batteries!

On Sunday I knitted a squirly curly scarf like this one in green, but left it at work so I can't photograph that for you. Suffice to say I had people touching it and commenting all day on Monday, and of course the usual "Oh, can you make me one?" There was nothing difficult about this scarf at all, and I may consider making some for friends. Don't you think it is a shame our Christmas is in summer? I feel that most people would give me 'a look' if I gave them some knitwear for Chrissie. I may make some cotton facewashers for the peripheral people who we see only at Christmas, which will surely be more personal for them and enjoyable for me than the usual box of chocs.

And that's that.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
  No photos sorry
Yes, I am sorry, but there are no photos. Text heavy post.

I have actually been knitting quite a lot, I have finished the heel flap without the little 3D bit for another pair of sock for myself with the Patonyle orange and pinky colourway, and I like it a whole lot more than I thought I would. I also knitted a whole huge amount of an afghan and then took it apart and reknitted it in basketweave rather than lacy pattern. I know what I have to admit to myself - although I am actually capable of doing tricky things, I prefer to knit quite basic patterns because knitting is my escape FROM tricky things.

Oh yes, after Sharon mentioned being the only knitter who had not made Panta, I had an attack of the guilts and made myself one. As did Cindy! I have always been a bit like this. Don't challenge me! I will prove you wrong!!

Manly has been shelved. I am also contemplating taking my wrap apart, as I had to go out this evening and put it on and promptly took it off again. I don't like it! I look like an EWOK!

A note to parents. Based on careful research done by moi, if you go away for two weeks and leave a sixteen year old boy home alone with his eighteen year old brother as the adult, there is bound to be a party at your house with screaming shrieking girls and breaking bottles. And a thumping thud thud thudding bass line. Just you wait neighbours, until my kids are old enough. I am saving up for the holidays. I am sure MY kids won't party in my absence - yeah right. Mwahahahaha.
Friday, May 19, 2006
  oh manly, you came and you gave . . . not
I am again a frustrated knitter this evening. Exhibit A: a pile of Manly.

AKA a pile of $h;t that at the moment can not be worn because the stinkin sleeves do not fit into the stinkin sleeve holes. What does this mean? Well, since I can't convince SS that he would look GREAT in a vest, it means I will be knitting backwards tomorrow and reknitting the top of the sleeves. Two of the suckers. What am I doing wrong? I know that I have had to knit the smallest size widthways and the largest size lengthways. But I thought I worked it out. Am I being punished for loving a tall thin man? This does not seem fair. I really need to become one of those knitters who swatches, measures, multiplies, casts on and creates the perfect jumpers for all she knows. At the moment that is not me. I am more like - well, a really pissed off knitter. As an aside, the cute little foot end belongs to Tiny Madam. She will be incredibly happy to see her toes on the pooter.

In other news knit fans, I have been sidelined indefinitely. Without giving the game away, you may make some deductions if you read today's Examiner. Suffice to say I have had plenty of knitting time. Did any of you brave Kmart? I did. I bought some acrylic. Everything else was gone. Oh sure, there was some Jet, but I had no idea what to do with it. And there was some Studio Mohair, but don't even go there with me (horrid nose encroaching throat tickling fluff!!). I am planning on making a threw for my carch. Little Purl has commandeered some of it for a scarf, so it seems she may have found her knitspiration again. I am trying to explain to her before you can ditch the patterns, you must first embrace them, but you try talking to someone who turns 13 next week! What would I know?!

I bought knit.1 yesterday, it has some fabulous stuff in there. I love a vest, and a knitted chain (yeah, links and all) and there's a fabulous argyle scarf for SS, but it is in stocking stitch and you can't tell me it wouldn't curl. I am considering using a circular and knitting it as a tube - double sided methinks. I also bought a creative magazine which contains among other things some door snakes. Number One Son decided he had to have one, so I have knit about half of that this evening. No need to show you a photo at the moment, hopefully it will be finished tomorrow. NOS informed me I have never knitted anything for him, which is not entirely true - I made him a Jean Greenhowe cowboy when he was tiny, and a jumper when he was not quite so tiny but obviously nothing in this short (but getting longer) obsessive knitting stage I am going through. Tiny Madam informs me she needs a pint snate, so I will need to do that too.

As for the other projects I swore and declore I was going to finish. Bugger them. I am over it. I will do what I want, when I want and not before. There, can I now be a badass knitter?

Little Purl's in Melbourne. Did she tell you she was going? Off for a birthday treat with the MIL. Who, by the way, was wearing the MILMarkII today. Success.
Monday, May 15, 2006
  so much to tell you
Well, Mother's Day is over again. I finished both projects and both were greatly appreciated. The MILMarkII was graciously accepted and matched perfectly with a jumper (bought) that my sisterinlaw gave the MIL. That was a relief. However, in my excitement I forgot to take a picture, so you will just have to imagine there is a picture here of a basketweave, dull, charcoal scarf.

Mother's socks were not both completed when I arrived at her house for breakfast yesterday, so her present contained a box of Lindt (drool drool) chocolates and one sock. I ate my breakfast (very sleepily - I was up late Saturday night trying to finish the second sock) and then knitted knitted knitted and finished it at her house. She loved them. Here is what the yarn that I won in Katt's comp knits up like:

Pretty cool huh? The pattern is my OWN! modified from different patterns about the place. The colours in the pic are slightly off, but close enough so you can see how the pink twisted around and around.

I have received mail from my Project Spectrum postcard swap person, she blogs here. She is a bit clever and writes patterns and things, so I am feeling a bit of pressure to do something interesting and clever. I will have to think. I have a little idea, but I won't tell you in case she reads here. Very exciting.

As you may have read on Little Purl's blog, we went to the Wizard of Oz on Saturday, and my hats go off to the cast and crew. I know how much time and effort goes into making something so wonderful. The kids were so professional one completely forgot they were school kids. Brilliant!!

Mothers Day was yummy - I got some Patonyle sock yarn - Cindy is knitting some socks with one of the colourways I received (blues) and the other is the bright pink and orange one, which is cute. I am not going to do anything with it until I finish:

1. Manly
2. Armwarmers
3. Little Purl's skull sox

I also got some cute little scissors and a self winding uppy measuring tape with inches and cm and a promise of a splurge at the LYS!!! Yay hooray.

I actually knitted about 10cm of the front of Manly last night, SS began wondering what he needs next. My response was unless it goes on your head, your feet or your bloody hands forget it! TOO BIG!!!

Catch youse.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
  you can't always get what you want
Well, the MIL scarf MARKII is done. It is a simple basketweave 6X6 pattern and I think it is quite effective. I think MIL was wanting some more lacy stuff, but hey - I don;t just knit you know. She got the colour she wanted and I think it is nice. It is maybe slightly masculine and I promise there will be photos tomorrow, but my rechargable batteries seem to be unrechargable any more. What can one do?

In other news, of course I had a visitor tonight. Honestly. One day I will have time to finish a Uni assignment and knit. But at the moment, I can only knit!
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
  Ooh baby it's a wild world
Well, it seems we here in Tasmania are in the middle of a tumultuous time. I will not go on about the miners, everyone knows about it except to say it is difficult to remain uncynical in the face of our media. I am not sure that Shannon Noll and Eddie McGuire are what Beaconsfield needs right now. A cup of tea and a quite read might be more appropriate.

A policeman was shot after pulling someone up on the highway near Pontville in the south.

It has been 10 years since the Port Arthur massacre.

We have some bloody cold weather. Seismic activity. What next? It makes one quite tired just thinking about it.

I have been knitting like a knitting freak, trying to complete two projects for Mother's Day. I will get there - I know I will. I was thinking that I would knit all day Saturday but then remembered we are off to see the Wizard, so that will be a couple of hours out of the day. Is it strange to hope no one visits so I can spend more time knitting? Still no photos sorry!
Sunday, May 07, 2006
  i'm still standin'
Hey there, it has been almost a week since my last blog, and yes I have been knitting. I have two little secrets on the go at the moment, one for MIL who will never read the blog and another for Mother who probably will, so I can't tell you what's going on. Also, of course, I have done absolutely no knitting on Manly. I promise SS I will finish this before the end of the month! No more new projects after these until it is done!

I have been trawling ebay for yarn and patterns, and have my eye on a couple of things, so I will let you know if I win. I have been on a self-imposed ebay detox for quite some time after spending far too much time buying and selling for a while there. We made a bit of money, but we also had a lot of time where we were spending more on postage than we were getting for our sales! I have never bought yarn though, so that could be a goer. SS wants an xbox360, so we are looking at what xbox consoles are fetching. We sold a playstation2 which was broken for far too much - we were completely honest about the faults etc, so there is no accounting for people's tastes!

I finished my socks, and they are pretty cool:

Thanks Little Purl for taking the shot! I found it hard match the two socks, until I realised the blinking yarn was backwards. I had to rewind the second skein, and then voila, they matched. Something went slightly awry at the end however and the toes are not quite the same. Never mind. I am happy and they fit under my new boots I bought in Melbourne. I was staying on Bridge Road and I had an hour to kill, so I hopped on a tram and scoured every shoe shop until I found just what I was looking for. Flat black boots. There are none to be found in Launceston, that's for sure.

I hope to post with some FOs on Sunday, after Mother's Day gifts have been given. Perhaps even before then!

Monday, May 01, 2006
  You've got tag!
Seven Things To Do Before I Die:

1. Bronze Medallion
2. travel the world but particularly Japan
3. buy a Winnebago
4. finish my Masters
5. knit the perfect jumper for someone!
6. learn to play the saxophone
7. sing in public

Seven Things I Cannot Do:
1. play the sax
2. mind my own business
3. stop talking during meetings and movies
4. juggle
5. ride a motorbike
6. save money
7. stop knitting

Seven Things That Attract Me To My Man:
1. his beautiful face
2. his sense of fairness
3. the importance he places on family
4. his acceptance of me as I am
5. his work ethic
6. his open nature
7. his care for those around him

Seven Books I Love:
1. The Talisman - Stephen King
2. Mother of Pearl - can't remember who wrote this but it's great
3. Charlotte's Web - EB White
4. Patricia Cornwell anything
5. The Slightly True Story of Cedar B Hartley who Wanted to Live and Extraordinary Life - this is a fantastic book for pre teens! Australian and funny!
6. Jonathan Kellerman
7. Anything really. I like to read

Seven Things I Say:
1. yes - too often especially at work
2. Righteo
3. Alrighty (as you can see these are really just variations on yes!)
4. BOO! (this is Little Madam's nickname!)
5. Just let me finish this row
6. I need to go to Spotlight
7. I love my job. No really, I do.

Seven Movies I've Loved :
1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Grease
3. Hell Boy (thanks Katt, I love this too!)
4. Hotel Rwanda. You can't love this movie but it is so powerful and such an important story to tell
5. Beetlejuice
6. Ghostbusters
7. Finding Nemo
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